Middlesbrough currently 2nd in the table will be helped by the fact they have the league’s strongest defence with just seven goals conceded, although they are struggling at the other end. Ahead of this weekend, Boro are the lowest scoring of the Championship’s top nine sides (16 goals).

Following a 0-0 home draw with lowly Rotherham midweek, Middlesbrough have now gone 270 minutes of league football at The Riverside without scoring a goal.

Derby’s win at the Riverside Stadium was their only clean sheet in their past 35 matches against Boro in all competitions.

Middlesbrough have kept a clean sheet in six of their seven home games this season, a league high.

Derby have won just one of their past 11 league visits to the Riverside (W1, D1, L9), seven of those defeats were to nil.

Middlesbrough have kept 10 home Championship clean sheets in 2018 – more than any other side.

None of Tony Pulis’ 13 matches against Derby in all competitions as a manager have ended as a draw (seven wins, six defeats).




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